Area organizations offer multiple Easter egg hunt events for families

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The hunt will soon be on as hundreds of area children participate in the many Easter egg-focused activities this weekend.

Easter egg hunts are planned at parks, churches and airports in Osceola, Mecosta and Lake counties.

Osceola County

Reed City Moose Lodge No.705 will host the annual Ike Reed Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Rambadt Memorial Park, 227 E. Lincoln Ave., Reed City. The event is for children up to 10 years old. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos.

For the third year, the village of Hersey will host an Easter Egg Hunt at Mosaic Park, 197 N. Main St., in Hersey. The event is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, March 31. The egg hunt will be divided into three age groups for children: infants to 4 years old, 5 to 12 years old and 13 to 17 years old. This year there will be an adult egg hunt for those 18 years or older. In each group, one golden egg will be hidden and whoever finds it will win a special prize. Along with the hunt, there will be refreshments and arts and crafts.

In Evart, the annual Easter Egg Drop will take place at 1 p.m. at the Evart Municipal Airport. Thousands of eggs will be scattered across the airport and dropped from the sky. The egg drop is for children up to 12 years old, with three drop areas — one for children 1 to 4 years old, one for children ages 5 to 7 and the last drop area for kids 8 to 12 years old. Cookies and punch will be available beginning at noon during the open house.

Mecosta County

In Big Rapids, the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Big Rapids Elks No. 974 will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Roben-Hood Airport. The event is free of charge and open to children up to 10 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult and participants should bring their own baskets or bags for eggs.

More than 16,000 eggs will be filled, and each child will have the chance to walk away with eggs, candy, coins and additional prizes from local businesses. The eggs are separated into three areas by age group: infants to 4 years old, 5 to 7-year-olds and 8 to 10-year-olds. The event will happen rain or shine, and the Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. There also will be a fire truck, face painting and other activities on site.

There also will be an Easter egg hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Big Rapids High School. The hunts will be by age groups of infant to 2 years old, 3 to 5 years old, 6 to 9 years old and 10 to 13 years old.

In Barryton, the Purple Pepper Farm Market is once again hosting an Easter Egg Hunt. The event is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the farm, located at 18700 20th Avenue in Barryton. The egg hunt is for children 10 and under. Participants should bring their own baskets for collecting eggs. The event will happen rain or shine.

The Chippewa Lake-Mecosta Lions Club will host two Easter Egg Hunts this year in two locations on Saturday, March 31. The first will be at noon at New Hope United Methodist Church, 7296 9 Mile Road, Mecosta. At 2 p.m., another egg hunt will be at Millett Park in Chippewa Lake. Both events are free and are open to children from preschool up to sixth grade. Attendees are asked not to bring dogs unless they are registered service animals.

Lake County

In Lake County, an Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Chase Township Public Library playground. There also will be other activities planned.

The Sauble, Elk and Eden Fire Department is hosting an Easter party at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Skinner Park, West 10 1/2 Mile Road, Irons.

A Kids Community Easter Egg Hunt and Party will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at VFW Post No. 5315, 2225 S. M-37, Baldwin. The party will be hosted by the VFW and the Baldwin Lions Club. There will be games and prizes. Hot dogs, chips, cookies and lemonade will be served.